Artswego series to offer performances for campus, community

imageThe Artswego Performing Arts Series will bring a range of music, dance and cultures to SUNY Oswego beginning in September.

All events will begin at 7 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

“One notable aspect of the season is all the programs that extend beyond the stage, such as master classes, lecture-demonstrations and informances, each designed to inform about the nature of, and context for, creative endeavor,” said Mary Avrakotos, Artswego coordinator.

The series will begin with Native American singer/songwriter Bill Miller, joined by Jim Beer and drumming group Gathering Thunder, presenting “Spirit Songs” on Friday, Sept. 17. The Boston Globe has called Miller’s songs “musical murals of powerfully visual images and moments.” Miller has released 11 albums and shared the stage with such acts as Pearl Jam, Nanci Griffith, Tori Amos and Willie Nelson. The show is the first in a series of events tied to the selection of Sherman Alexie’s book, “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” under the campus-wide Oswego Reading Initiative.

Tickets will cost $12 ($10 for senior citizens and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). The college’s Office of International Education and Programs co-sponsors Miller’s appearance.

Quetzalli: Ballet Folklorico de Veracruz will perform Saturday, Oct. 23. The dance company celebrates the culture of Veracruz with a show described by the Kansas City Star as “a heady rush of tapping heels, dazzling costumes and insistent rhythms.”

Tickets for Quetzalli cost $15 ($12 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). The dance company’s appearance is made possible in part by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Rodney Jones and Co. will perform on Saturday, Nov. 13. This show will headline the fourth annual SUNY Oswego Jazz Guitar Festival, which brings together guitarists from throughout the region for performances, technique workshops and master classes. Jones’ performance will feature songs from his latest album, “Soul Manifesto Live,” offering a mix of soul, funk and African rhythms. Acclaimed musician George Benson has hailed Jones as “a legend among musicians, especially guitar players. He is truly worthy of the ears of any music lover.”

Tickets for the concert cost $12 ($10 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). More information on the Jazz Guitar Festival is available at .

Elements Quartet will return to SUNY Oswego on Thursday, March 10, to present “Snapshots,” an innovative performance of dramatic short works by contemporary composers for string quartets. As pieces are performed, photographs that inspired the compositions will be projected. “The playing was terrific, the presentation ditto,” Washington Post reviewer Terry Teachout said of seeing Elements Quartet perform. “It added up to the liveliest new-music concert I’ve heard in years.”

Tickets for “Snapshots” cost $15 ($10 for seniors and students, $5 for SUNY Oswego students).

The Artswego series will wrap up with “Before the Blues: Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet” on Wednesday, April 6. Called “hip and hot, good looking and dancing deliciously on the edge” by the San Francisco Chronicle, this company creates original, eclectic performances choreographed to music by known and emerging composers.

Tickets cost $22 ($18 for seniors and students, $7 for SUNY Oswego students). The appearance is funded in part by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

One goal of the series is attracting “top-quality, highly creative forms of entertainment that our students, as well as members of the Central New York community, would not normally see,” Avrakotos said.

A brochure detailing the 2004-05 season is available by contacting Tyler box office at 312-2141 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) For more information or reservations, visit .

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CONTACT: Mary Avrakotos, 312-4581, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

(Posted: Aug 25, 2004)